· Pledge love, loyalty and respect for the name and character of God
· Commit to working for the coming of God’s spiritual Kingdom on Earth
In return Christians ask God to covenant to:
· Give them bread – the daily necessities of life
· Give them forgiveness – reconciliation with God who is holy
· Give them spiritual protection – guidance and strengthening in the spiritual testing of life
This phrase defines who is included in the Covenant and the relationship with God that they desire. We desire to have God as our spiritual father, in the same way as Jesus did. This is a very close, intimate – and exclusive relationship. “Our Father” is the prayer of a believing community.
· God is our father in the sense that God is behind all creation
· Creation gives us freedom to acknowledge or reject God as father
· “In heaven” identifies God as the spiritual father we have accepted
· Our love, loyalty and respect to the holiness of God.
· To ‘reverence’ – greatly respect God in everything we do and say
· Christians pray for the coming of God’s spiritual kingdom more fully into the world – this work is our mission as a church
· Kingdom comes as we tell more people the Good News and they believe and turn to Jesus and following Him as Saviour and Lord
· Breaks pride that separates us from God, hinders relationship of love
· Un-forgiveness is a sin so we must first forgive others
· Forgiveness is at the heart of the Covenant of Jesus
· Balances our need for spiritual protection with our need for testing and temptations - to prove and strengthen our Faith and love.
· Job 1 explains the sovereignty of God over Satan in tempting us
This is a truly awesome prayer in the form of a truly awesome covenant. We need to study it and reflect on it carefully as one of the centerpieces of our Faith and worship.